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Questions tagged [hessian]

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Why is Newton's method not widely used in machine learning?

This is something that has been bugging me for a while, and I couldn't find any satisfactory answers online, so here goes: After reviewing a set of lectures on convex optimization, Newton's method ...
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Why not use the third derivative for numerical optimization?

If Hessians are so good for optimization (see e.g. Newton's method), why stop there? Let's use the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth derivatives? Why not?
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Saddle-free Newton method for SGD - while Newton attracts saddles, is it worth to actively replel them?

While 2nd order methods have many advantages, e.g. natural gradient (e.g. in L-BFGS) attracts to close zero gradient point, which is usually saddle. Other try to pretend that our very non-convex ...